Synthetic Marijuana Approved By DEA for Medicine While The Real Thing Remains Illegal
The manufacturer of the infamous fentanyl has produced a synthetic marijuana product which they say is safer and more medically beneficial than real cannabis. This was announced by the DEA in the Federal Register.
The synthetic marijuana product, named Syndrome, is a liquid form of synthetic THC and will now be classified as a schedule 2 controlled substance, so a prescription for it can be given by doctors.
It has a big similarity to Marinol, which is another synthetic THC product used for treating anorexia that has been caused by cancer and aids. Contrary, organic marijuana is still listed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance alongside heroin.
This means that it is not accepted for medical use. Insys Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company from Arizona that made the Syndrome drug, will start selling it on the market soon.
This company plans to take over the home-based pot. Additionally, the company has been blamed for using suspicious marketing practices to sell Subysys, which is a spray of fentanyl, which is an extremely potent synthetic opioid. This product has been permitted by the FDA for treating pain from cancer.
The company’s founder, John Kapoor, as well as some of its other top executives, have been arrested and charged for defrauding insurance companies and bribing doctors.
The founder pleaded not guilty, denying everything and later was released from jail on $1 million bails.
His company is facing more lawsuits from people that think the company prompted America’s opioid crisis.
However, the CEO and President of the company, Saeed Motahari, specified that the launch of synthetic marijuana is a milestone for the company.
Having been granted an initial Schedule 2 status in March, Syndrome has been listed together with OxyContin, cocaine, methamphetamine, Percocet, and other drugs that have some medical use but can be abused.
Even though medical cannabis has been legalized in 29 states, the FDA and DEA still remain on their attitude that marijuana should not be used as a medicine and keep on refusing petitions to take cannabis from the Schedule 1 category.
There are many experts that suspect that the reason why marijuana is illegal is to keep the pharmaceuticals to make their own synthetic THC products.
Insys has donated over half a million dollars for campaigning against the legalization of marijuana in Arizona claiming that it was for the safety of the citizens and children of Arizona.
Moreover, there are many reports that synthetic THC products have caused harmful side-effects.
Scientists have confirmed all of the health benefits of marijuana, and THC and CBD have treated millions from numerous illnesses.
The benefits of using marijuana can be:
- Slowing down cancer cells
- Helps with Parkinson’s disease
- Helps with Crohn’s disease
- Can relieve Arthritis
- Helps with Epileptic seizures
- Can treat inflammatory bowel diseases
- Can help with sleep and nightmares
- Guard the brain against trauma and concussion
- Control muscle spasms
- Ease the pain of multiple sclerosis
- Reduces symptoms of Dravet’s Syndrome
- Increases effectiveness of treating Hepatitis C and can lessen the side effects
- Can treat anxiety
- Can improve lung health and reverse the carcinogen effects of tobacco
- Can reduce nausea from chemotherapy, the severe pain, and will fuel appetite
- Improve symptoms of Lupus
- After a stroke, it can protect the brain
- Prevent Alzheimer’s
- Treat Glaucoma
- Help with PTSD
The first use of marijuana that has been referenced was found in China from around 2737 BC.
The writings of the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung stated that this plant was used at the time for psychoactive agents.
The writings also showed that the people concentrated on the intoxication properties of cannabis and used its powers to treat gout, rheumatism, malaria, and absent-mindedness.
Eventually, the use of cannabis has been expanded to India and North Africa. As early as AD 500, it reached Europe.
In the US from 1850 to 1942, marijuana was listed in the US Pharmacopeia and could be prescribed for different uses, such as nausea, rheumatism, and labor pain.
The reason why the plant is illegal is that pharmaceuticals cannot profit from its sales and cannot patent it.
We need to raise awareness about its potential, and eventually, people will listen and legalize it throughout the world.